tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC April 16, 2019 12:37am-1:38am PDT
♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- tracy morgan, nbc's "sunday today" anchor, willie geist, music from ingrid andress, featuring the 8g band with fred armisen. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that's fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. a redacted version of special counsel robert mueller's report on the russia investigation is
expected to be released this week, and is 400 pages long and color coded. unfortunately, the color they used was black. [ laughter ] house speaker nancy pelosi appeared on "60 minutes" last night, and steven miller's apartment appeared on "game of thrones." [ laughter ] south bend, indiana mayor pete buttigieg, this week, formally announced his 2020 presidential campaign. and this is cool, the crowd almost chanted his name right. buttijejjej! buttishesh! senator bernie sanders released 10 years worth of tax returns today. though it wasn't really that helpful, because it was his first 10 years. [ laughter ] [ applause ] be careful with these. they'll crumble in your hands! [ laughter ]
>> a michigan man is suing his parents because they destroyed his $29,000 pornography collection after he moved out of their home. here's a photo of the man. [ laughter ] >> seth: delta airlines has announced they'll be cutting its seat recline distance in half to avoid disputes between passengers. oh we'll find a way, said a passenger holding a baby and a tuna sandwich. [ laughter ] utah has recently cancelled several high school rodeos in an attempt to stop a highly contagious strain of horse herpes from spreading. said teenagers in utah, yeah, that's where i got herpes -- [ laughter ] the rodeo. [ applause ] actress lori loughlin pleaded not guilty today to additional
federal charges including mail and wire fraud in connection with the recent college admissions scandal. said her daughter, um, how could my mom have committed mail fraud when she's clearly female. [ laughter and applause ] >> the "huffington post" today published an article about quote, "hungry and horny alligators" that are invading the streets of florida due to warmer weather. on the plus side, it's already a great board game. [ laughter and applause ] that's right, the "huffington post" today published an article about quote, "hungry and horny alligators" that are invading the streets of florida. said one florida woman, they're just hungry now. [ laughter ] i hope you don't expect me to
make them lunch. [ laughter ] we got a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] he's a hilarious comedian, and the star of "the last o.g." on tbs. our friend, tracy morgan is back, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] he's back. he's the anchor of nbc's "sunday today" as well as the co-anchor of msnbc's "morning joe." willie geist is here again. [ cheers and applause ] i'll be glad to see him. and we'll have music from ingrid andress. so you're here on a fantastic night, you guys. [ cheers and applause ] but before we get to any of our guests, the president is still resisting calls to release his tax returns, while complaining about immigration laws. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." [ applause ] ♪ president trump has been resisting calls for over three years to release his tax returns. last week trump said he would love to release them but can't because of a fake audit that definitely does not exist.
and he just kept repeating the same words over and over. >> while i'm under audit i won't do it. if i'm not under audit i would do it. i had no problem with it. but while i'm under audit, i would not give my taxes. there's no law whatsoever. now, i will say this -- i would love to give them, but i'm not going to do it while i'm under audit. it's very simple. >> seth: every time trump answers a question he sounds like a scientist insisting on giving a ted talk despite a recent massive head wound. [ laughter ] a black hole is a hole that's black, and it's black because it's a hole where there's no light. [ laughter ] because it's black, and it's a hole, and that's why they call it a black hole. doctor trump, maybe we could finish this up tomorrow? but i haven't even gotten to the black hole part yet. [ laughter ] also, this part right here is the best part. >> now, i will say this, i would love to give them, but i'm not going to do it. [ laughter ]
>> seth: he tees it up like he's about to switch gears, and then just repeats himself again. it's like if you ask someone to marry you, and they said, well, it's awfully soon and i'm a little afraid of commitment, but i will say this, no. [ laughter ] knowing that the audit excuse is a transparent lie, trump has in the last few months, moved on to a new excuse that his tax returns are too complicated for people to understand. that's what he said last year after democrats won the midterms, and gained the power to request them. >> as i've told you, they're under audit, they have been for a long time. they're extremely complex, people wouldn't understand them, they're done by among the biggest and best law firms in the country, same thing with the accounting firms. the accountants are -- a very large, powerful firm from the standpoint of respect. highly respected. big firm. a great law firm. you would -- you know it very well. they do these things, they put them in. but people don't understand tax
returns, and it is a very big company, far bigger than you would even understand. but it's a great company. but it's big, and it's complex, and it's probably feet high. >> seth: all right, first of all -- [ laughter ] i don't want to hear how big and complex it is from someone who also says it's feet high. [ laughter ] second, the only thing harder to understand than your tax returns is that answer. we need an audit just to figure out what the hell you're saying. like honestly, please, what does this mean? >> a very, very large powerful firm from the standpoint of respect. [ light laughter ] >> seth: why -- why does the president of the united states always sound like a spam email asking you for your social security number? [ laughter ] hello, i am with a very large powerful firm from the standpoint of respect. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] will you please send your bank routing number? for real? for real, maybe congress would
have more luck getting his tax returns if they just used his syntax in the request. mr. president, some would say best president, we're writing to request your tax returns. are willing to send truck to pick up, as they are so big, massive even. from your many large and successful businesses. wow! we realize they will be very, very too complicated for us to understand as we are small from the standpoint of intelligence, but would be fun to see them. [ cheers and applause ] they make a very good case, i think we should send them over. now, the law is clear, democrats have the power to request trump's tax returns which they did, and the request went to the irs, not trump, it's not up to him. and yet on sunday, his press secretary, sarah sanders, insisted trump would not turn them over. and she even took trump's argument one step further, saying members of congress were literally too dumb to understand them. >> this is all about political partisanship. this is a dangerous, dangerous road. and frankly chris, i don't think
congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that i would assume that president trump's taxes will be. >> seth: okay, now, this is what she wants. she's trolling us. she wants us to get all mad and riled up, and point out all the ways that trump is actually the idiot, because that's their only move. to just take whatever we say about trump and turn it back on us. and we're just too dignified for that. we will not stoop to her level. and i'm just kidding, here's a bunch of dumb [ bleep ] the president has said and done. >> hope is a word and world through their lives, and though their lives, they sacrifice every day for the furniture -- future of their children. [ laughter ] 10,000 known or suspes-ted gang members. nancy pelosi, or nancy as i call her. >> what is that? what is -- wait a second. is that toilet paper? >> it's tremendously big and tremendously wet. we appreciate it very much, tim apple. china has total respect for
donald trump and for donald trump's very, very large a-brain. [ laughter ] >> seth: very, very large a-brain. yeah, no, but we're too stupid to understand the tax returns of someone who's clearly suffering from, what's known in the medical community, as degenerative italian stereotype disease. [ laughter ] he'll start his next press conference by saying, i use-a my very large a-brain-a. [ laughter ] -- to make the pizza pie. now, i will concede if sanders is talking about the republican members of congress. then yes, some of them are not smart enough to understand trump's tax returns, like the guy who vaped during a congressional hearing. or the guy who brought out a giant meme of ronald reagan riding a velociraptor and holding a machine gun. or the guy who brought a snowball on to the senate floor to claim that global warming isn't real. but, if we compare that to the democrats, specifically the new class of freshmen democratic women who took office this year, it's different. like california congresswoman katie porter, a law professor and consumer advocate.
[ applause ] earlier this year, she grilled trump's pick to lead the consumer financial protection bureau, kathy kraninger, who has no experience in consumer protection. porter specifically asked her to explain the difference between an interest rate and apr. now, i don't know the difference. i looked it up three times this morning, and i still don't remember. and i can guarantee you, this guy doesn't understand it, but the director of the bureau that's in charge of protecting consumers from predatory lenders should absolutely understand it. and yet when porter asked kraninger to explain the difference, porter had to explain it to her. >> could you please explain to this committee the difference between an interest rate and an apr? >> so the apr is the extrapolation, if it were a one year term. >> miss kraninger, the annual percentage rate, and i'll be happy to send you a copy of the textbook that i wrote, explains that the apr is derived from the finance charge, the amount
financed, and the payment schedule. >> seth: damn, she literally pulled out the textbook she wrote. [ cheers and applause ] that is -- that is every academic's dream. [ laughter ] you don't know nothing about monarch butterflies. what? oh my god. are you [ bleep ] serious. i -- i wrote the book on monarch butterflies. [ light laughter ] while trump is resisting calls to release his tax returns he's also been suggesting breaking the law when it comes to immigration. now, here's what's going onj it's very simple. trump hates the fact that migrants can legally come to this country, and seek asylum. he's been whining about it for months. complaining that migrants have the right to make their case to a judge in a court of law with the help of a lawyer. and he did it on friday, and yet again today. >> we have to do something about asylum. and to be honest with you, we have to get rid of judges. they have to get rid of the whole asylum system because it doesn't work. and frankly, we should get rid of judges.
we have a stupid system of courts, it's the craziest thing in the world. we then have to ask them a couple of questions. lawyers are telling them what to say. they read a little page given by lawyers that are all over the place, you know, the lawyers. they tell them what to say. people come in, they read a line from a lawyer that a lawyer hands them out online. the asylum laws are absolutely insane. they're given a statement to read by lawyers that stand there waiting for them. read this statement. >> seth: i think trump is just upset that they can read prepared statements, because he can't read prepared statements. [ cheers and applause ] whatever he reads off a teleprompter, he magoo's it. so, he can't get rid of courts or judges or lawyers. so now trump has moved on to a new idea, and he clearly thinks this new idea is a brilliant political maneuver that will turn the tables on democrats. trump said on friday he wants to start sending migrants to liberal cities that would welcome them, or so called sanctuary cities. >> we are looking at the possibility, strongly looking at
it, to be honest with you. california, the governor wants to have a lot of people coming in, refugees coming in. a lot of sanctuary cities, so we'll give them to the sanctuary cities maybe to take care of. we'll bring them to sanctuary city areas, and let that particular area take care of it, and let's see if they're so happy. they say, we have open arms. they're always saying they have open arms, let's see if they have open arms. >> seth: man, trump's press conference was so crazy, now the people standing behind him have to wear helmets and harnesses. [ laughter ] you'll be standing behind the president? [ light laughter ] so that's your brilliant chess move, to send poor migrant families fleeing poverty and violence to cities that actually want to welcome them. this is one of the dumbest attempted trolls i've ever heard. we've all -- actively volunteering to take in more refugees, and trump is like, oh i know, i'll let them take in more refugees that'll show them. it's like if a friend volunteered to pick you up from the airport and you were like, oh yeah?
well if you're so good at picking people up a the airport then why don't you come pick me up at the airport? then you'd be like, okay, i'll see you at the airport. [ light laughter ] whether it's on immigration or tax returns, there's one consistent theme in trump's behavior, he just doesn't think the law applies to him. the constitution grants people, including immigrants, certain inalienable rights. and it also gives congress the power to investigate the president. but trump can't seem to get that through his -- >> a-brain. [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ we'll be right back with tracy morgan. buckle up. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> for more of seth's closer looks, be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. (mom vo) it's easy to shrink into your own little world. especially these days. (dad) i think it's here. (mom vo) especially at this age. (big sister) where are we going?
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, back to back weeks, fred armisen is in the house everybody. give it up for fred. [ cheers and applause ] and something we always talk about fred, or we've been talking about lately is you're a reader, a voracious reader? dare i say? >> fred: i love reading. >> seth: love reading. [ light laughter ] love reading fiction. >> fred: i love fiction. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] yet you say because you're so busy -- and again, you always have a lot of projects going on. you don't have as much time to read as you would like. >> fred: i wish i had more time. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: and a lot of people would just take that sitting down and say, "i don't have the time. i can't read anymore."
but not fred armisen. you went out. you developed a process, wherein you can look at the cover of a book, from the cover alone you can glean everything, the plot, the characters. [ light laughter ] >> fred: everything. [ laughter ] i can glean any part of a book, yes. >> seth: on -- on a 1 to 100, what percentage of rewarding is your process versus sitting down and reading the book? >> i would say 100% rewarding. >> seth: 100%? [ laughter ] >> fred: yeah. >> seth: exactly as rewarding as reading the book? >> fred: yes. >> seth: do you mind if we try it one more time? >> fred: let's do it. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] it's time for our segment called "fred judges a book by its cover." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] fred, the book is "the promise of elsewhere" by brad leithauser. what's it about? >> fred: oh yes. well, brad leithauser, he wrote it. >> seth: uh-huh. >> fred: and -- [ laughter ] and it's about -- it's called "the promise of elsewhere," >> seth: uh-huh. >> fred: and it's a novel, pretty much. [ laughter ] >> seth: now i don't want -- i don't want to ruin your vibe, or get in your way right here. i would venture a guess that every one of us could have gotten all that so far. >> yeah, see i'm just -- but
this is what i glean from it. >> seth: okay. >> fred: and it's about this guy who builds his own helicopter, and this is -- [ laughter ] it's -- it's -- [ laughter ] this is during world war ii -- >> seth: uh-huh. [ laughter ] >> fred: and he -- and he says to the general, "listen, i'm gonna save money with the military. i'm gonna build my own helicopter." [ light laughter ] and the general's like, "we have so many. please use one of ours." he's like, "no, i'm -- i really want to save money, so." [ laughter ] he's like, "all right. fine, but, you know, you're gonna be having to land in sweden in like where it's really icy." >> seth: uh-huh. >> fred: and he's like, "great." so he built this helicopter out of blue crepe paper. [ laughter ] and he put all his energy into that. [ laughter ] and for a seat, he's like, "i'm just gonna get like, one of my chairs from my living room. why not?" [ laughter ] so he builds this thing, but the general shows up. [ laughter ] this is like sort of the fourth chapter, and he didn't want to see that like this helicopter
couldn't really fly so he sort of set up this scenario where he was like in the snow of sweden with the chair, and the paper mache bottom of the helicopter, and he was just there like this, and he's like -- the general shows up. he's like, "hey i did it." [ laughter ] and it just sort of ends there. sort of a beautiful tableau of him just sort of presenting the helicopter to the general. >> seth: wow. >> fred: yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: wow. >> fred: yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: can i tell you what the publisher told us? >> fred: sure. [ light laughter ] >> seth: louie hake is 43 and teaches architectural history at a third rate college in michigan. in an attempt to fend off what has become a soul crushing existential crisis, he decides to treat himself to a tour of the world's most breathtaking architectural sites. [ laughter ] >> fred: and i think that's -- yeah, that's in the later chapters, it's afterwards. >> seth: okay, good. [ laughter and applause ] fred armisen, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] our first guest tonight is an emmy-nominated actor and comedian you know from his work on "saturday night live," and "30 rock." he stars in "the last o.g.," which airs tuesday nights on
tbs. let's take a look. >> have some respect. your mother's saving a brooklyn landmark here. okay, on the rollers is brooklyn as brooklyn can be. >> this rink is so important to us. it basically raised half of brooklyn. >> did you know each other then? >> no, man. not yet. i would have pulled her like a hamstring, but i didn't know her yet. you know what i'm saying? [ laughter ] thank god cause y'all would be 25 instead of 15. know what i'm saying? [ laughter ] shae know what i'm saying. >> seth: please welcome back to the show one of our favorites, tracy morgan, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: tracy. >> hey. sup? what's up, baby? >> seth: it is so -- >> hi y'all. >> seth: yeah. [ cheers and applause ]
there they are. they are -- they're so excited to see you because --. >> yeah, well i was late. i'm late. i'm sorry. >> seth: you were late. >> i got pulled over by the police -- >> seth: yep. >> on a dwwph. >> seth: mm-hmm. that is -- >> driving while watching porn hub. >> seth: i see, yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: you can't blame them. tracy, you're a talented guy. i've known that for years. i did not realize you were not the only talented person in your family. >> i'm not. i have a cousin who's practicing to become a magician. >> seth: okay. >> yeah, he's called negroid the great. >> seth: uh-huh. [ laughter ] negroid the great. >> he makes stuff disappear, and it don't reappear. [ laughter ] once it's gone, it's gone. so, if he say to you, "let me see your watch for a minute --" >> seth: okay, and i give him -- >> no, no. you're not going to see it again. >> seth: oh, i got it. [ laughter ] >> that's the end of that. >> seth: this show, "last o.g.," for those who don't know, gentrification is one of the major themes of the show. and it's nice to have that in the show cause i feel like it's a real issue that doesn't get discussed that often. >> yeah, gentrification is real. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ]
you go out often with your wife, megan? you guys ever go out? >> yeah. [ laughter ] but gentrification is real. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> no, my wife -- we go out a lot, me and my wife. my wife is biracial. >> seth: mm-hmm. >> my wife is half black and half white. so, before we make love, i take a knee just to let the white side of her know that black lives matter. [ laughter and applause ] black lives matter. >> seth: she's -- mother's day -- >> that's my baby girl. [ laughter ] >> seth: mother's day, are you planning -- >> ah, mother's day. what about father -- anybody know when father's day is? >> seth: no. >> no. [ laughter ] the father's day gift is bought with the change left over from mother's day. >> seth: gotcha. [ laughter ] so you don't feel -- you don't feel appreciated. >> no. sometimes i don't. everybody in my house forgot when was father's day. last year i had to cook breakfast for myself in bed. [ laughter ]
my wife gave me a shirt that was already in my closet. [ laughter ] my cousin, she got roses, she got a dinner, she got flowers, and she's on death row for killing her husband. [ laughter ] but she did it on father's day. so -- [ laughter ] >> seth: you -- do you have time -- you're obviously, busy. do you have time for hobbies? is there anything you do to relax? >> what do i do to relax? i relax. >> you relax? [ laughter ] >> well, my hobby to relax, i do other things. you know. >> seth: gotcha. e >> did you buy a shredder? >> yeah. oh, that's what you talking about? i didn't want to say nothing. that's why i'm tired. i told you earlier i'm tired cause i was up all night shredding documents. >> seth: why? [ laughter ] why were you -- >> it was tax time. cause the government is on me. >> seth: oh, yeah. [ laughter ] i'm not going to reveal my taxes if the president ain't got to do it. >> seth: gotcha. >> i ain't got to do it. >> seth: so you just shred it. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm shredding. i'm shredding.
that's how i look when i shred. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> it's called morgangate. >> seth: morgangate? >> morgangate. i got a window, people are taking pictures, and i shred. [ laughter ] >> seth: are you -- are you excited for this live action "lion king" film? you've talked about -- >> live action "lion king" -- i remember "lion king." you know. see, where i come from, i come from the projects in brooklyn. >> seth: mm-hmm. >> so we don't see stories like the "lion king." somebody clapping. somebody from the projects up there? [ laughter ] for all the white people that don't know what the projects is, you ever saw that movie "lion king?" remember when mufasa was talking to simba? and he said, "everything the light touches belongs to us?" and simba said, "well, what's that dark area?" he said, "that's the projects. [ laughter and applause ] we don't go over there. [ cheers and applause ] that's where the latin kings and the pit bulls be. your uncle scar's a latin king. that's how he got that cut on his forehead." [ laughter ]
>> seth: you -- i heard you have an artifact. is it true that you have one of michael jackson's gloves? is this a recent purchase? >> i have one. yeah, he wore it in neuburg, germany. >> seth: okay. >> i was there. >> seth: you were in -- in -- where in germany? >> well, no, the tv set -- i was there when he performed in neuburg, germany. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> and i saw it, and i bought it online. >> seth: you bought the glove -- >> in an auction on line. >> seth: gotcha. >> yeah, the government is after me about that too. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: you change your opinion at all about the glove in the home with all the recent news about -- >> about who? mike? >> seth: yeah. >> i love mike. >> seth: okay. >> he was the magical one. >> seth: what is that --- how? [ laughter ] >> i've been to neverland. >> seth: oh, you were? >> yeah, i was there. >> seth: gotcha. did you enjoy your time there? >> no, i was outside by the gate. [ laughter ] i just said i've been there. i'm a grown man. i never said i went in. i said -- i put two and two together, seth. >> seth: you on the show -- on the show you play a chef, and
the show put out a cookbook. you wrote the foreword. >> i just cook. i just put together something today called pork and bean casserole. >> seth: uh-huh. >> cause i was watching "true grit." >> seth: oh, yeah. the john wayne one or the jeff bridges one? >> jeff bridges. >> seth: gotcha. >> i love john wayne, too. johnny, what's up, johnny? [ light laughter ] this is how you make it. you go get a can of campbell's pork and beans. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and you put some yellow mustard in it, a little bit of brown sugar. you fry two nathan's hot dogs. they can be hebrew. >> seth: okay. [ laughter and applause ] >> they can be hebrew. you fry them. you chop them up into little pieces. and you put it in the bacon pan, you put some cheddar cheese on top, and you put it in the oven for 20 minutes. it's called pork and beans casserole. >> seth: there you go. >> you'll love it. >> seth: that's sounds very -- very delicious? [ applause ] >> i will -- yes. then you go outside, and you build a campfire in your living room. >> seth: okay, now -- [ light laughter ] >> and you eat it off of an aluminum plate. >> seth: i don't know. [ laughter ] >> and you will be a cowboy.
>> seth: i wouldn't do that. >> and you have to put a patch on your head. >> seth: eat at the kitchen table instead. >> or your eye. >> seth: you know, find your way -- >> you're just like "rooster cogburn." >> seth: put it at the table. i wouldn't start a fire in the house. [ laughter ] you got the key to -- is this the key to brooklyn? >> that's the key to brooklyn. >> seth: that must have been a nice moment. >> yeah, that's the key to brooklyn. [ cheers and applause ] that's my wife, my daughter, and my son right there. that's the key to brooklyn. now i'm go to -- that's -- i'm going to open up a bodega in brooklyn. >> seth: you are? >> with that key. >> seth: that's exciting. what, what will your -- >> i hope it fit. >> seth: you're -- you're just gonna open up an existing bodega? >> yeah, people love "the last o.g." people love it. >> seth: yeah, that's good. >> but we can't forget it's about crack. >> seth: the show? >> that show is the most honest show about crack i ever seen with commercials. >> seth: oh wow. [ laughter ] did you -- were you happy to go on? did you want to make it? >> yeah, i had to -- remember, i used to sell crack. >> seth: you did? >> yeah, back in the days. in the '80s. >> seth: were you good? were you an effective crack salesman? >> no, i couldn't cause i had too much of a heart, man. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> i was a crack dealer with a heart of gold. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: yeah, that seems
like -- >> and i just got tired of counting $2 and 300 pennies. >> seth: yeah, yeah. i get it. [ laughter ] >> not counting all these pennies cause you want to get high. [ laughter ] crackheads always sell little pink huffies. i don't know where they get them from. >> seth: really? >> i seen one crackhead in harlem trying to sell a fire escape. [ laughter ] six floors. >> seth: who wants to buy a fire escape? >> i don't know. other crackheads. [ laughter ] >> seth: you're gonna be in "scooby doo?" yeah, you're gonna be a voice in a animated -- >> yeah, i'm playing shaggy's black cousin. >> seth: oh, wow. [ laughter ] who is -- i don't remember from the -- >> his name is grip. >> seth: grip. >> grip gets stella pregnant. >> seth: oh, now. [ laughter ] [ audience oohs ] this is -- this is an animated children's movie. >> oh, it is? [ laughter and applause ] i didn't know. it's in the script. >> money grip. >> seth: money grip. >> his name is money grip. >> seth: shaggy has a black cousin named money grip. >> money grip. >> seth: does he help solve the crimes? >> no, he commits crime. >> seth: oh, got you. [ laughter and applause ] >> he don't solve nothing.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest co-anchors "morning joe" weekdays on msnbc, and anchors "sunday today with willie geist" sundays at 8 a.m. here on nbc. please welcome back to the show willie geist, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back. >> whoa. first rule of show business, don't follow tracy morgan. >> seth: don't follow tracy morgan. >> wow. >> seth: well, i want to congratulate you on three years of "sunday today." >> thank you.
>> seth: and this is a show that allows you to be in depth, conversational with your subjects. and you actually -- >> yeah. >> seth: you actually recently got the tracy morgan treatment yourself. >> yes. you've been on the show. fred's been on the show. >> seth: fred's been on the show. >> earlier adopters. thank you very much. tracy was a couple of weeks ago. he invited us over to his house. >> seth: yeah. >> beautiful home. brought our entire crew inside. and you know, tracy's got his quirks, and he's the best guy. and you go into the office to sit down for the interview. and we sit down and he said, "willie, did you notice anything about my office?" and i'm like, "it's kind of dark in here." he's like, "that's because it's modelled directly after veto corleone's office in the 'godfather.'" [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> true story, complete with the shades, the blind are down. and it's like two -- you know, to the chair, it's all the same. and as we're talking, we're sitting down, there's a trophy case between us. and i look, and i'm like, "there's an emmy in there." and i've done my homework. i'm like, "i know he was nominated. i'm not sure he won an emmy." and then i look down. there's an emmy, an oscar, and a
heisman trophy. [ laughter ] [ applause ] and i'm like, "trey, what's going on with those." he goes, "willie, it's america, money talks baby." [ laughter ] but then i was like, "is that someone else's heisman's trophy that he bought, or just a replica." >> seth: yeah, right. >> so, but that's tracy. >> you probably won't get to the bottom of that story. but i'm jealous because i've know tracy for a very long time. and before the television show "shark tank." >> yeah. >> seth: the shark tank i heard the most, was tracy talked about his shark tank. >> yeah. >> seth: did you actually see the famous tracy morgan shark tank? >> i think the number is 20,000 gallons. >> seth: yeah. >> he has a 20,000 gallon shark tank -- >> seth: yeah. >> in his backyard. >> seth: right. >> and they're like -- >> just like in the godfather. >> exactly. >> seth: yeah. yeah, he's got those black tips reef sharks that were from australia. they flew in, and now live in his backyard -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> somewhere in new jersey. and we're sitting out there talking. it's all on camera. he's happy to talk about it. and he's like, "this is where i come to get my piece of mind. this is where i chill." and he's like, "you know, and sometimes i come out here to get freaky." [ laughter ]
he's like -- and he goes, "i'll say 'baby tonight i'm jacques cousteau.'" [ laughter ] he's just the best. >> seth: he is the best person to talk to. >> he is the best. he's the best. >> seth: in retrospect, i realize how boring our conversations are. >> oh my gosh. oh my god. >> seth: i apologize. i apologize -- >> now the dudes guy is here to talk about nato expansion. it should be great. >> seth: but i do want to -- i do want to talk about the cross-over between music comedy. >> yeah. >> seth: there have been "morning joe" sketches on "snl." >> yeah. >> seth: this year. mikey day plays you. are you happy when you see yourself on the show? >> i mean, well there's a thing where you wake up on a sunday morning, and you have 100 texts. >> seth: yeah. >> and you're like uh-oh. >> seth: right. >> "you were on snl last night." and you're like, "uh-oh." it's okay. >> seth: yeah. >> it's fine. i'd like to get together with mikey maybe over coffee. mikey and i could talk through wardrobe. we could talk through hair. >> seth: yeah. >> i fell like there's a little mailing it in that's happening. >> seth: yeah. >> just for my part. >> seth: i will say, yeah. the focus is very much on joe and mika. >> yeah. >> seth: you're very -- you're a side character. >> right. and maybe that's okay. right? >> seth: yeah. >> you're just -- you're not the focus of the sketch. >> seth: i would say, "don't work too hard to get the crosshairs on you." >> cancel the coffee --
>> seth: yeah, cancel the -- >> for tomorrow downstairs. okay, i will. >> seth: "morning joe" is obviously a show that donald trump has reacted to. >> yeah. >> seth: i think it's very safe to say that he -- i don't know if he's still watching it, but it is a show he has watched with some amount of religiousness over the years. >> yeah. >> seth: and the feedback loops seems to be that you -- if he has something to tell you, he just tells you. and over the years, being in news, have you talked to him much? >> yeah, i mean i haven't talked to him in a of couple years, since he really became president and late in his campaign. but like you probably, if you live in new york, and you're on television, whether you were like the overnight weather anchor on channel 5. >> seth: yeah. >> he probably called you at some point -- >> seth: yes. >> to talk through some things. >> seth: yeah. >> and the crazy thing about -- this is going back years, is trump would call, you'd get his assistant. rona would say, "i have mr. trump for you." and you'd go, "okay." and he would come through, and you're waiting through 20 and 30 minutes for the ask, or what's this about. and it was never about anything. it was pure gossip. like, he was -- wanted to talk about the media industry. "did you hear about this?
did you hear about that?" and he'd keep you on the line for like 30 minutes. and he'd talk about politics. and he's talk about, you know, "did you hear whose sleeping with who," and all that kind of stuff. he was just like an old school gossip guy who would call you up on the phone at work? and then he'd be like, "all right, that's all i got," and hang up. >> seth: wow! [ laughter ] >> i don't know what happened. yeah. that's it. >> seth: your father was a newsman as well. >> yeah. >> seth: wrote for "the new york times." >> "new york times." yeah. >> seth: and wrote a story about trump years ago. >> yeah, so he was a writer. my dad was for "the new york times" in the 80's. and in 1984 he wrote one of the earliest profiles. i think trump was like 37. and they were like, "who is this young brash guy?" and so, my dad wrote a piece for "the new york times" magazine that ended up on the cover. and so donald trump views that as his crowning achievement. because what donald trump wants more than anything -- >> seth: sure. >> is the approval of "the new york times." and he shows that everyday on twitter. and so, my dad wrote the cover story. and if you look right there, that is my dad's story -- >> seth: yeah. >> hanging in the office where he's putting in his office, i guess. >> seth: yeah. >> something's happening there.
and so trump, i think -- >> seth: he could almost putt with his tie, i want to point out. [ laughter ] >> it is. it is. >> seth: yeah. >> it's a longer -- it's a longer tie. but yeah, he's -- and i think because of that piece, he's always had some weird -- my dad is bill geist, so he's also william. so, maybe trump thinks i'm him or something. >> seth: yeah, when he calls you up. >> so, he's always been sort of nice to me -- >> seth: yeah. >> because of that piece. but the funny thing is, all that mattered was that he was on the cover of "new york times" magazine. and if you look inside and you read it, my dad was doing in 1984 what people are doing now which is, trump tells my dad he was number one in his class at wharton. and in the next sentence my dad says, "i called wharton. he was not number one in his class. didn't receive any honors. you know what i mean? >> seth: yeah. >> it's like that real time fact check that is so in vogue over the last couple of years. and it was happening in that piece 35 years ago. >> seth: and yet none of us paid attention. >> i know. i know. [ laughter ] it was all right there. >> seth: it was all right there. >> it was all right there. >> seth: and we were like, "who's on the cover? oh, i like him." [ laughter ] hey, thank you so much for being here. congrats on three years. >> thank you, good to see you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: come back soon. willie geist, everybody. "morning joe" airs weekdays on msnbc.
opening may 31st at the disneyland resort ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: making her television debut performing "lady like." please welcome to the show ingrid andress, everyone. [ cheers ] ♪ ♪ ♪ i drink tequila straight haven't brushed my hair in days and i'll kiss on the first date ♪ ♪ if i'm really feeling it i don't even own a dress bite my nails when i get stressed ♪ ♪ do whatever for attention if i'm needing it controversial so outspoken ♪ ♪ i've been told i'm not lady like
but i'm a lady like whoa ♪ ♪ i could bring you to your knees and get you kicked out the garden of eden ♪ ♪ untamable, unframeable mona lisa oh kiss you like a whiskey fire ♪ ♪ turn around leave your heart in a riot lipstick in a cigarette pack on the dash ♪ ♪ i'm a lady like that sometimes i forget not to talk bout politics when i'm in the middle ♪ ♪ of me getting hit on sometimes i'm not polite don't bite my tongue i speak my mind ♪ ♪ let curse words fly when goes wrong controversial so outspoken ♪ ♪ i've been told i'm not ladylike but i'm a lady like whoa ♪ ♪ i could bring you to your knees and get you kicked out
the garden of eden ♪ ♪ untamable unframeable mona lisa oh kiss you like a whiskey fire ♪ ♪ turn around leave your heart in a riot lipstick in a cigarette pack on the dash ♪ ♪ i'm a lady like that i'm a lady like controversial so outspoken ♪ ♪ i've been told i'm not ladylike but i'm a lady like whoa ♪ ♪ i could bring you to your knees and get you kicked out the garden of eden ♪ ♪ untamable unframeable mona lisa oh kiss you like a whiskey fire ♪ ♪ turn around leave your heart in a riot lipstick in a cigarette pack on the dash ♪ ♪ i'm a lady like that
oh i'm a lady like that whoa mona lisa oh ♪ ♪ kiss you like a whiskey fire turn around leave your heart in a riot ♪ ♪ lipstick in a cigarette pack on the dash i'm a lady like that i'm a lady like that ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: ingrid andress, folks. "lady like" is out now. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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